Records of the Month – Jazz and Soul – May 2020
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Our musical elves have sifted through thousands of archives of music and listened to hours upon hours of albums to bring you 3 incredible records this month! Not only that, but a dedicated team of historians tried their absolute best to give you a little background on each one! All part of a day’s work here at Vinyl Wings!
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Antonio Carlos Jobim
The Composer of “Desafinado”, Plays
What’s truly extraordinary about Antonio Carlos Jobim is that we think he single-handedly managed to shape an entire genre. Jobim’s entire body of works is distinguished by so many phenomenal pieces that his name isn’t out of place alongside a Gershwin, Cole Porter or Duke Ellington.
There really hasn’t been anyone apart from Jobim (and João Gilberto, who we’ll get to in another monthly release) who was able to attract so much attention for Bossa Nova genre, and attain a large international following.
This is the perfect vinyl to play in the evening over a dinner or a drink, preferably with a significant other – get lost in these melodies and the bittersweet love stories that the song’s lyrics tell.
So, without further ado, play the record and let Jobim teleport you down to the sandy beaches of Ipanema in the warm summer breeze.
Straight from the Heart, 1971
When we think of female soul singers some of the names that come to mind are Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Mavis Staples, to name a few. Well, here is Ann Peebles, and oh boy this woman had some real soul that typified that Memphis sound which we love so much.
Ann was signed to Hi Records – one of the fantastic labels in Memphis in the late 60s / early 70s. Unfortunately for Ann, this was also the label which signed Al Green ,and it’s fair to say that he overshadowed a lot of the other talent which was on the roster, especially considering that Let’s Stay Together was released the year after this album.
It’s hard to find a fault with the record in terms of the actual material or the sound. The only thing we would say is that we wish it was longer than the meagre 26 minutes it offers.
Bill Evans Trio
Live at the Village Vanguard, 1961
Bill Evans is arguably one of the most influential figures in jazz piano. The Village Vanguard sessions, recorded throughout June 1961, are the unquestionable proof.
It was in these recordings that the phenomenal ability of Bill’s young bassist Scott LaFaro really shone through. In fact, this specific line up of the trio is often seen to have been the best. Tragically, LaFaro was killed in an automobile accident just 10 days after these sessions were recorded, making this record just that little bit more special.
The flow between the performers is unparalleled and the fact that you can hear the audience throughout, picking up glasses and whispering to each other makes the album that much warmer.
No jazz collection would be complete without Bill Evans, and this is certainly the album to own. We’ve also featured Bill Evans in our April Jazz & Soul Records of the month as part of our jazz subscription – check it out here!